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Wallingford

Oxfordshire


Slow Ways linking Wallingford and Berinsfield, Chalgrove, Didcot, East Ilsley, Goring, Henley-on-Thames, Watlington (South Oxfordshire)

England / Oxfordshire / Wallingford

Wallingford’s seven Slow Ways are 82% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 5/7
and surveyed: 4/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Berinsfield—Wallingford
Berwal one Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 23m Descent 32m
Didcot—Wallingford
Didwal one

Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 92m Descent 100m
Didcot—Wallingford
Didwal two Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 27m Descent 35m
Didcot—Wallingford
Didwal three Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
East Ilsley—Wallingford
Easwal one Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 210m Descent 147m
Goring—Wallingford
Gorwal one Enjoy me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 56m Descent 54m
Goring—Wallingford
Gorwal two Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 50m Descent 53m
Wallingford—Chalgrove
Walcha one Enjoy me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 43m Descent 60m
Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames
Walhen one

Survey me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 316m Descent 331m
Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames
Walhen two Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Wallingford—Watlington (South Oxfordshire)
Walwat one Verify me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 167m Descent 109m

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Collective progress

82% of Wallingford’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

11/11

reviewed

7/11

surveyed

7/11

verified

15 people have contributed to Wallingford’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

7 people have surveyed a route in Wallingford

161km out of 161km have been walked and reviewed

459km of reviews have been shared in Wallingford

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The bridleway out from Nuffield looks like it can get rather muddy (Photo 3). There is a brief pavement walk alongside the B481 in Highmoor (Photo 4), and then it is back to enjoying the trees. The approach into Henley crosses a golf course (Photo 7). As with Wallingford, there is plenty to enjoy in Henley....

Martin Ellis

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Quickly out of Henley through quiet streets and across a well signed golf course. Some very short section along quiet roads with wide verges, maybe 100m of vergeless roads in total. The paths are variable from wide tracks to undulating, narrow, muddy, rooty, tracks weaving between trees. Where you leave the Ridgeway to head towards Wallingford there is a busy roundabout on the A4047, I managed to cross the roads as shown, but if very busy you can cross the roads bit-by-bit at the roundabout itself....

Strider

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Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames

Strider added Walhen two, a new walk from Wallingford to Henley-on-Thames

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Strider surveyed Didwal three

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This is a varied and pleasant walk through woods, riverside paths, farmland and a cycle path. The alternative path is included in the pictures below if the ferry is not an option....

Strider

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For example; at Shillingford the straight line route ignores the bridge (swim?) does not say which of 3 path options to take and flies over private property....

Strider

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Didcot—Wallingford

Strider added Didwal three, a new walk from Didcot to Wallingford

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The footpath on the approach to Benson now weaves through a new housing development. There is an urban walk through Benson, with a break point at The Crown Inn. Alternatively, there is a road route south from Benson into Wallingford, where there are plenty of amenities....

Martin Ellis

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An enjoyable walk from Berinsfield, via Dorchester; to then follow the Thames Path National Trail between Shillingford and Wallingford. There is an earlier crossing option [SU575952] or continue along the path for a safer crossing by bridge [SU581948] (Photo 2)....

Martin Ellis

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There are opportunities for refreshments at pubs in Stoke Row and Rotherfield Peppard, as well as a well-stocked shop and cafe in Stoke Row....

Theo Elliott

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This section of the Thames Path can be quite monotonous, and I think this section is probably the least interesting part. I was quite pleased once I got to the Thames Path again, although it became even more muddy here, and I was sliding all about....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Gorwal one

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Didwal one

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It was a pretty steep climb up, and I deliberately took the "long way" around the top of the slightly taller Castle Hill to get a better look at the Thames Valley, and the other slightly smaller clump which housed an iron age hill fort back in the days where that was popular. The paths on the Thames Path were all very muddy, which wasn't quite a surprise as it was winter, but I think I would prefer walking it in summer instead. At Benson the weir was blocked off, which unfortunately meant a diversion away from the Thames Path, first through a little village, then along a busy road for a short stretch, and then along residential roads into Wallington where the first section finished at its historic market square....

Derick Rethans

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The footpath that crosses the A4074 as you pass between Berinsfield and Dorchester is hard to spot but the map is accurate, a spot of GPS is handy at that point, there is a footpath sign it is just hidden by the trees....

Edensyard

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Slightly longer than perhaps necessary but makes for a better and easier to navigate route. Have done this myself....

Mr M J Fisher

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Finally, it uses a small section alongside the Thames (Photo 5) before heading to the centre of Wallingford. It is largely off-road on byways, bridleways and footpaths with only a small section of road (no pavement) into Aston Tirrold....

Ursula

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Unfortunately, there is then a long section along Clack’s Lane (Photo 2), which lacks a verge in places. The Slow Way joins The Chiltern Way along a quieter lane. There’s a road walk along the Grove Lane B-road. There is then a pleasant walk south along Shakespeare’s Way (Photo 7)....

Martin Ellis

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Easy to walk and easy to follow route, with clear signage following the ridgeway through some pretty villages, past lovely churches and along a picturesque stretch of the Thames....

Liz

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Martin McGovern surveyed Didwal two

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I agree with the points made in earlier reviews - this is pleasant, with the only road sections being in Didcot itself - after that you have to cross roads, but not walk along anything of significance. The only slight oddity is that the half of the .gpx file closer to Didcot is often slightly off - this means that looking for exact turning points, or bridges may require a little more thought. But it's all manageable....

Martin McGovern

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An enjoyable riverside walk which is essentially part of the Thames Path National Trail. The walk into Wallingford stays with the Thames Path, ending in some street walking to the High Street....

Martin Ellis

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An enjoyable walk through the Goring Gap which is both part of the Thames Path and the Ridgeway National Trails. Gorwal 2 follows the east side of the river and is signposted the Ridgeway (the Thames Path is on the opposite bank – see Gorwal 1)....

Martin Ellis

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The most challenging section was Clack's Lane, but it isn't easy to see how the route could be adapted to avoid it, without adding a significant southward loop....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern surveyed Berwal one

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If you're planning to walk this route and finish with refreshments, then I recommend starting at Berinsfield, because Wallingford has a range of options, while Berinsfield has next to nothing....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern surveyed Walcha one

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Significant parts of it are on 'fenced' paths - this can be a benefit as in my experience, paths with fences or hedges on both sides tend to be easier terrain than the edges (or the middles) of fields, particularly in winter when I undertook this route....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Walcha one

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A scenic and easy-to-navigate route following The Thames Path National Trail. At Moulsford, the Thames Path is routed alongside the A329 Reading Road for just over a km through the village....

Ursula

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A pleasant route following The Ridgeway National Trail for roughly the first 9km, passing through the villages of South Stoke, North Stoke and Mongewell. Up to this point the River Thames is largely hidden from view by private gardens but a short walk through the village of South Stoke leads right to the riverbank....

Ursula

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Having said this it is a very pleasant walk through rural countryside and takes in the villages of East Hagbourne and South Moreton both with pubs....

Andy Stocks

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The pleasant field walk (Photo 2) ends at the Earth Trust Centre (earthtrust.org.uk) which manages the green spaces around the Wittenham Clumps (Photo 3). It’s a slight detour, but Little Wittenham Bridge (Photo 4) is just north of the Clumps: a former venue for the annual Poohsticks championship!...

Martin Ellis

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From South Moreton, the Slow Way soon arrives at the Mill Brook which it follows all the way into Wallingford (Photos 1, 2 & 3)....

Martin Ellis

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The route continues along English Lane, which is tarmacked as far as English Farm (Photo 3) and a rough path thereafter (Photo 4). The route turns east towards Henley at Peppard Common. The woodland walk into Henley is along the Park and Prime Lane path & bridleway (Photos 11 & 12). As a final point: the Rotherfield Peppard to Henley section is also on the Goring to Henley route (Gorhen 1)....

Martin Ellis

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Ozgedrych surveyed Gorwal one

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There are a variety of terrains on this route with some narrow, uphill and/or uneven sections - please refer to the photo survey we conducted of this route for further details. Very pleasant walk though with scenic views from Wittenham Clumps and various points of interest en route including Benson Weir and Benson Lock....

Helenry

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You cross the river twice; Once at Shillingford and a second time at Benson lock....

RogerGill

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You're spoilt for walking in this area and the alternative Wallingford Didcot route takes in the stunning clumps....

RogerGill

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There are plenty of places to explore en route; Nuffield church sits a top of the Ridgeway and Stoke Row has the Maharajah's Well....

RogerGill

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The route has a few unnecessary little diversions of the Thames path, just ignore and keep to riverside path....

Nick Coleman

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If I were to do this again I'd start in Cholsey (with its train station) and cut across to Wallingford alongside the community train line, skip the centre of Wallingford and instead join the Ridgeway much earlier via the bridge further south....

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Goring—Wallingford

CorbyTeresaPress added Gorwal two, a new walk from Goring to Wallingford

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Wallingford

Redkite surveyed Wallingford

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Didcot—Wallingford

rlbrodie added Didwal two, a new walk from Didcot to Wallingford

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Berinsfield—Wallingford

Slow Ways added Berwal one, a new walk from Berinsfield to Wallingford

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Didcot—Wallingford

Slow Ways added Didwal one, a new walk from Didcot to Wallingford

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East Ilsley—Wallingford

Slow Ways added Easwal one, a new walk from East Ilsley to Wallingford

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Goring—Wallingford

Slow Ways added Gorwal one, a new walk from Goring to Wallingford

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Wallingford—Chalgrove

Slow Ways added Walcha one, a new walk from Wallingford to Chalgrove

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Wallingford—Henley-on-Thames

Slow Ways added Walhen one, a new walk from Wallingford to Henley-on-Thames

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Wallingford—Watlington (South Oxfordshire)

Slow Ways added Walwat one, a new walk from Wallingford to Watlington (South Oxfordshire)

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Wallingford, Wed 21 February

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Wallingford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SU6072189371

Lat / Lon

51.59992° / -1.12469°

Easting / Northing

460,721E / 189,371N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Wallingford's meeting point

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

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Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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